Released: July 29th, 2017
Label: Loma Vista/Favorite Gentlemen
Genre: Indie rock
Singles: The Gold
A Black Mile to the Surface is Manchester Orchestra’s fifth studio album which was a great surprise to me as I hadn’t heard any of their music before this album.
In my opinion I couldn’t have found them at a better time. I love this album and the song that led me to it, “The Gold.” At first, I just listened to the song and that was that. It wasn’t until I bought tickets to one of their concerts (They opened for Arcade Fire) that I decided “Maybe I should see what this band’s about.”
I started by listening this album and immediately was drawn to the beautiful use of imagery in it. Most of the imagery is in reference to Lead, SD, which is an old mining town that is the site of The DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment). I’m not gonna bore you with the details of the project but just know that the album references the town and the project with it’s excellent imagery.
As always, I recommend listening to this album front to back in order to really get the full experience.
Here is the single from the album, “The Gold”